Framework for Action on Transport Services PDF Print E-mail


Safe, reliable and sustainable transport depends on governments creating the right enabling environment for the private sector to operate services in an efficient and commercially viable manner, and providing effective safety oversight.


Recent maritime accidents demonstrate failures in adhering to internationally accepted standards for safe and secure services, highlighting the need for more concerted efforts in this regard.


The provision of safe and secure regional transport services is affected by numerous geographical, socio‐economic and technical factors, including population mobility, susceptibility to natural disasters and other effects of climate change, national policies and regulations, and international instruments. Additional factors include appropriate vessel/craft operation and maintenance, route profitability, existing petroleum supply (quality and quantity), level of infrastructure, technical capacity, proximity of maintenance facilities, as well as mandatory safety and security auditing services.

FATS aims to enhance the social and economic well‐being of people in the Pacific by supporting the efforts of PICTs to work towards ensuring that all their people, at all times, have access to safe, secure and competitive air and sea transport services that are regular, reliable and affordable.


The framework acknowledges that national transport policies and plans are the principal means for achieving improved transport services and promotes a ‘whole‐of‐sector’ approach, based on the concept of ‘many partners, one team’. This approach recognises that numerous stakeholders contribute to improving transport services in the region and accepts them as equal partners.





The framework has seven guiding principles:

  1. National‐led solutions supported by regional initiatives compliant with international obligations
  2. A coordinated whole of sector approach
  3. The need for sustainable livelihoods, and recognition of climate change, culture, equity and gender issues
  4. The importance of treating transport as an integrated sector
  5. Evidence‐based planning – the importance of transport sector statistics
  6. Appropriate investment in human capital
  7. Many partners, one team

These principles provide the parameters within which the relevance and appropriateness of regional initiatives should be assessed. They also inform how partners should work together and with PICTs.

This framework outlines seven themes for action to improve regional transport services. The themes embody the seven guiding principles described earlier.

  1. Leadership, governance, coordination and partnerships
  2. Capacity development, policy, planning and regulatory frameworks
  3. Transport safety and security
  4. Improved access.


Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 16:12